wat0n wrote:Note that I'm speaking of small localities. There, a $20k system can actually be costly.
For large cities, I agree there is no excuse for not having bodycams. They even cut per-unit costs by having large departments.
At 20K$, the DoD could easily fund small localities, and even buy them in bulk from the manufacturer to get economies of scale. And the final amount would be about what they spend on pencils and stationery.
This is entirely feasible. Cost is not an issue.
What were you referring to then?
I was referring to the court practice of discarding presumption of innocence when the cops says one thing and the civilian says another. So, if the civilian claims that the cop stole their phone because they were filming the cop and the cop did not like it, and the cop says this never happened and the civilian was interfering, they believe the cop.
This provides a tacit support for cops who want to stop people from filming them.